Follies of the Madmen #280

Long ago, "There's something about an Aqua Velva man" was a universally known motto.

But what the hell is "humectin?"

From Wikipedia: "A humectant is a hygroscopic substance used to keep things moist; it is the opposite of a desiccant."

So "humectin" is just some common moisturizing element.

Whatever it is, it's certainly gone upscale in the 21st century. $70.00 per bottle!!!


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     Posted By: Paul - Mon Apr 11, 2016
     Category: Hygiene | Perfume and Other Scents | 1950s | Facial Hair

Also different in the 21th century, the Aqua Velva man might spit on her fur.
Posted by Virtual on 04/11/16 at 08:10 AM
Humectant is found in better hair conditioners too.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 04/11/16 at 09:38 AM
Humectant is a skin conditioner - that's ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW!
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 04/11/16 at 10:09 AM
It puts the humectant on or it gets the hose again.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 04/11/16 at 11:14 AM
I find that most after shave liquids are irritating. After scraping all the hair, dead skin and oils off my face I prefer something that doesn't feel like the final layers of skin are being burned off. My preference is a Gillette lotion, with a consistency sort of like a hand lotion.
Posted by KDP on 04/11/16 at 12:15 PM
When I was in college, the father of one of my girlfriends recommended that I use witchhazel as aftershave. The problem was having a suitable bottle for it so I could shake out just what I need. So, I took an old Aqua Velva bottle, plus some old glass salad-dressing bottles, and use those. Witchhazel is dirt cheap, and it works just fine.

You can pour the witchhazel through the narrow opening at the top to fill it, but you have to have a steady hand.

I also recall that there were some NSFW jokes about "Aqua Vulva", but that's a different matter.
Posted by Joshua Zev Levin, Ph.D. on 04/11/16 at 12:16 PM
@KDP & Josh: Over here & Turkey the barbers use Nivea cream.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 04/11/16 at 12:43 PM
Nivea is good stuff. Or Keri. I found this emulsified oil and cocoa butter lotion that I helps with my psoriasis quite a bit.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 04/11/16 at 02:03 PM
Nowaday, where I live, Aqua Velva means tacky and cheap. The Aqua Velva man loves leather and fur and everything that remotely looks like it; he would never spit on his wife's purple faux fur. He would spit on the floor, like a gentleman. An Aqua Velva gentleman.
Posted by Yudith on 04/11/16 at 05:45 PM
@KDP, Josh, & Expat: Nivea Sensitive Skin is the perfect balm for my mug. I found anything else to be way too irritating years ago.
Posted by Virtual on 04/11/16 at 06:42 PM
When I click on the Amazon link, I get "Currently unavailable.
We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock"
Did you buy out the whole lot?
Posted by GFinKS on 04/13/16 at 10:15 AM
Gfinks--that link was good some weeks back when I created the entry. Can't explain product's unavaailability now. Maybe folks disocvered "humectin" was just ditchwater.
Posted by Paul on 04/13/16 at 02:47 PM
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